Storm punishes swath of U.S. with snow, ice and freezing rain

Storm punishes swath of U.S. with snow, ice and freezing rain

Storm punishes swath of U.S. with snow, ice and freezing rain

Added to that, the governor's news release said almost "1,000 N.C. Department of Transportation workers are working to clear snow and ice in the western part of the state and the Triad". Central and northern Virginia may receive up to ten inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

In Baltimore, a man was fatally shot as he shovelled snow early on Sunday morning. Authorities say the woman lost control while driving on a snow-covered road in rural Missouri and drifted into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

The National Weather Service (NWS) is warning of hazardous weather conditions with a winter storm warning projected to last until 12:00 a.m. on Monday.

It is expected that the storm will bring three to six inches of snow to Washington DC and some areas in northern and central parts of Maryland on Sunday before reaching into the mid-Atlantic region.

The weather system, which started as rain from Mexico but has since turned into snow, is forecast to affect an 1,800-mile (2,900 km) swath of the United States from Colorado to the mid-Atlantic.

More than 240,000 people were without power Sunday across North Carolina, Missouri, Kansas and Virginia. It cited the National Weather Service as saying the 8.4 inches (21.3 centimeters) of snow that day in Springfield broke the previous record for a January 12 in 1964 of 6.6 inches (16.7 centimeters).

"Trooper Lambert deliberately placed his vehicle in a position to protect the lives of the victims of the previous crash, and took on the danger himself", Illinois State Police Director Leo P. Schmitz said in a statement.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol wrote in a tweet on Saturday that it has responded to 3,918 calls for service, 1,790 stranded motorists, 878 crashes, and 57 injuries.

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St. Louis recorded 10.4 inches of snow by 1:30 p.m. ET, with higher accumulations in other parts of Missouri.

For Kansas City Chiefs offensive guard Jeff Allen, there was a bright spot hen a Good Samaritan helped pull his vehicle out of the snow after he got stuck en route to Arrowhead Stadium for the divisional playoff game Saturday. In Columbia, Mo., an American Airlines flight slid off the runway, one Twitter user reported.

The Missouri Department of Transportation warned residents not to travel in the storm if it wasn't necessary.

At least five deaths in the state have been reported due to automobile crashes on the icy roads. The department reported incidents and stalls on interstates overnight.

Some interstates in Missouri, including I-70 and I-44, reopened Saturday morning after being shutdown Friday night, but treacherous conditions continued.

Meanwhile, the storm caused headaches for travelers into and out of airports in the region, including more than 250 flight cancellations Sunday at the three main airports serving the nation's capital.

The storm has also affected airports and electricity across the Midwest.

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